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Chief bids fond farewell to Deputy Chief Constable

Warwickshire Police's Deputy Chief Constable Karen Manners QPM is retiring after 32 years in policing.

Chief Constable Martin Jelley QPM, said: "Karen has provided me with a tremendous amount of support in her time as the Deputy Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police, for which I am truly grateful.

"Karen has made a difference to policing vulnerability both locally and nationally and has driven forward pioneering change, which has directly influenced working practices throughout police forces in England and Wales. All this falls in line with our ambition of being great at protecting the most vulnerable.

"Karen has also led transformational change within the alliance, resulting in the successful development of underlying processes and legacy systems, which will shape the management of vulnerability and public service for years to come.

"Karen's experience and passion for child neglect and vulnerability has resulted in her recently being successful in becoming a member of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

"I wish Karen a very long and happy retirement from policing and every success in her new role."

Speaking about her retirement, DCC Manners said: "I have served nearly 32 years as a police officer in three forces. I initially worked as the Assistant Chief Constable for Protective Services across the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police alliance but ultimately, as the Deputy Chief Constable to Martin Jelley.

"It has been an absolute honour and a privilege to have fulfilled many and varied roles throughout my career, but I have to particularly mention my career-long passion working in public protection and vulnerability, both at the local and national levels.

"Work is such a large part of our lives and it is the memories created by the fabulous people you work with that will last a lifetime.

"I would like to thank all the staff, officers, volunteers and many partners for the great work they perform on a daily basis, for the support they have given me, but ultimately for the memories - both happy and sad - I will cherish them."

In 2014 DCC Manners was appointed as temporary Deputy Chief Constable to West Mercia Police's former Chief Constable David Shaw.

DCC Manners has also been the national policing lead for a number of key areas in relation to child neglect, vulnerability and coronial matters.

In 2016 she was given the mandate to implement a National Vulnerability Action plan co-ordinating the activity of all strands of public protection nationally.

Two years of dedication and commitment led to the plan being agreed by all 43 police forces across England and Wales. Driven by DCC Manners, this has revolutionised how all forces co-ordinate activity relating to vulnerability, and will shape the national position for years to come.

DCC Manners' hard work, dedication, and commitment to protecting the most vulnerable people from harm was acknowledged when she was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2017.

She was further rewarded in April 2018 when Chief Constable Martin Jelley QPM presented her with an award in recognition of her innovation, determination, resourcefulness and everything she has done for policing nationally.

DCC Manners joined the team at Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police in June 2012. She became Deputy Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police in July 2015 and will retire on 10 August.

Notes to editors:

DCC Manners began her career with the Metropolitan Police in 1986 and the majority of her service was spent at Hampshire Constabulary.

She served in both uniform and CID roles and held portfolios in Child Protection and Serious and Organised Crime before becoming Head of CID.

Issued: 5.30pm, Friday 6 July, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications


Published 06/07/18